Victorian community groups and local councils have been given more resources to tackle road trauma in the local community.
The Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP, has announced that Glenelg Shire Council will receive $20,000 under the TAC Community Road Safety Grants program.
The Glenelg Shire Road Safety Strategy project will support the Shire to develop a new road safety strategy through community and stakeholder consultation.
The consultation will help the Council understand local road safety issues and identify how to solve them.
The strategy will include actions that can be incorporated into the Council’s community safety framework and annual and strategic plans.
In total, more than $365,460 will be distributed to projects across the state.
“Local communities are often best placed to identify opportunities to reduce road trauma in their neighbourhoods,” Ms Tierney said.
“These grants will help communities to take action to make their local roads safer.”
Ms Tierney said the successful projects targeted key issues including pedestrians, cyclists, drink driving, driver education and rural road safety.
Ms Tierney said it was fantastic to see Glenelg Shire leading the local community in reducing road trauma.
“This project will help our area became safer and I congratulate them on their successful application,” Ms Tierney said.
The TAC encourages community groups to prepare applications for projects that target a specific road safety problem.
Funding is available for community-based projects conducted by not-for-profit groups that identify a problem and provide a solution.
The next round of applications will be accepted up until Friday 12 February 2010.
Grant application guidelines are available at www.tacsafety.com.au.